House GOP leader suggested Putin was paying Trump

Jay Anderson
May 19, 2017

In June of previous year, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told colleagues that he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin "pays" Trump, according to an audio recording obtained by The Post.

But the conversation was also confirmed by former presidential candidate Evan McMullin, and the spokesmen each changed their tune and called the remark an "attempt at humor" when the Post said it would cite a recording of the conversation.

The Post's Adam Entous discusses a 2016 conversation between GOP leaders in which House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) made an explosive claim about Donald Trump.

A spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said the comments never happened.

On Twitter, the Ryan spokesman, Brendan Buck, claimed that "I was not originally given quotes - just a insane assertion that leaders believed Putin was paying Trump and trying to shield it".

McCarthy said he believed Putin paid Trump and his fellow California Republican Dana Rohrabacher.

Rohrabacher, the other target of the joke, said the same on Wednesday. He laughs, but then says, "swear to god". According to WaPo, House Speaker Paul Ryan asked members to keep the comments private. "She supports the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference with our election and supports the decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee the investigation".

McCarthy dismissed the seriousness of the Post story on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

"This was a failed attempt at humor", Sparks said.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., has said policymakers in Washington have been too harsh on Russian Federation and should work more closely with Moscow to fight extremist groups.

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The Washington Post then said that they had a recording where both Ryan and McCarthy could clearly be heard and their story abruptly changed.

"That's how you know that we're tight", Scalise said.

Here is the key section of the transcript, which was originally obtained by The Washington Post.

Ryan: This is how we know we're a real family here. McCarthy said Wednesday when asked why he'd joke about that.

A secret tape has surfaced in which a senior Republican and Donald Trump ally alleges Mr Trump is on the payroll of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Trump earlier this week admitted giving classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister, saying it was his right to do so as President, and to help "Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".

When McCarthy voiced his assessment of whom Putin supports, suspicions were only beginning to swirl around Trump's alleged Russian Federation ties.

"No leaks", he said.

Groysman, on an official visit to Washington, met separately with Ryan and McCarthy on June 15 at the Capitol.

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